(1) A special symbol, usually a solid rectangle or a blinking underline character, that signifies where the next character will be displayed on the screen. To type in different areas of the screen, you need to move the cursor. You can do this with the arrow keys, or with a mouse if your program supports it.
If you are running a graphics-based program, the cursor may appear as a small arrow, called a pointer. (The terms cursor and pointer are often used interchangeably.) In text processing, a cursor sometimes appears as an I-beam pointer, a special type of pointer that always appears between two characters. Note also that programs that support a mouse may use two cursors: a text cursor, which indicates where characters from the keyboard will be entered, and a mouse cursor for selecting items with the mouse.
(2) A device, similar in appearance to a mouse, that is used to sketch lines on a digitizing tablet. Cursors for digitizing tablets are sometimes called pucks.
(3) In some database languages, short for current set of records, the currently selected set of records.
- cursor control keys
Special keys on computer keyboards that move the cursor. The arrow keys, for example, move the cursor up, down, right, and left. In addition, most keyboards have End, Home, Page Up , Page Down , and Backspace keys.
- cursor position
The position of the cursor on the display screen. While in text mode, a display screen is capable of displaying a certain number of lines and a certain number of characters on each line. The cursor position is represented by the line number and the character number and signifies where the next character will be […]
- custom attribute
An attribute defined by a programmer to store the instance of any data type in metadata.
- customer bounty
An affiliate marketing slang term used to describe a payment made by a merchant to an affiliate for each new customer they send to the merchant. See “How Affiliate Marketing Works” in the Did You Know… section of
- customer removable units
Customer Removable Units (CRUs) are components of a computer system that is external to the computer tower, and are considered replaceable by the user of the system. Generally customer removable units will not cause a partial or total system outage if replacement procedures are not followed correctly. Customer removable units on desktop computers include the […]